A.J. Ramos minor league deal
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Dodgers sign AJ Ramos to minor league deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday evening that the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher AJ Ramos to a minor league contract. He will be added to the Dodgers’ 60-man player pool.

Ramos, 33, missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. He last pitched in the majors in 2018 with the Mets, when he logged 19 2/3 innings with a 6.41 ERA, 22 strikeouts, and 15 walks.

Prior to the injury, Ramos was consistently reliable for the Marlins. From 2013-17, he posted a 2.86 ERA with 391 strikeouts and 181 walks over 337 innings. He earned a nomination to the National League All-Star roster in 2016.

If Ramos makes the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, he isn’t likely to see high-leverage inning off the bat, but he could work his way into more a meaningful bullpen role as the season progresses. The Dodgers’ bullpen currently features Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, and Blake Treinen at the back end.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.